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Collaboration

Collaboration is a key skill for succeeding in school and life. With businesses seeking employees able to work in teams and collaborate on projects, more educators are looking for ways to incorporate these skills into the learning process. “Everyone needs to be able to collaborate in a group, because that’s how things are done in the real world. No one sits alone and works by themselves any more,” says Stan Silverman, director of technology-based learning systemsat…

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Case Studies Workplace

The Experience Works Program

Overview: According to a 2007 StatsCan Study, over two million people aged 55 to 64 were employed or looking for work in 2006, representing 12% of the total labour force-up from one million (10%) in 1976. The recent Public Policy Forum National Conference on Maximizing Employment Opportunities for Mature Workers took a fresh look at this demographic trend Description: The Experience Works Mobile Program is an innovative initiative of Ethos Career Management Group in partnership with M.…

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Heliotropic Effect & Abundance

The following is an essay extract from a much larger symposium document Explaining Extraordinary Organizational Performance and Transformation: Lessons from Rocky Flats. The Heliotropic Effect of Abundance is by Dr. Kim Cameron a co-founder of The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship is a community of scholars devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. It is located at The Ross…

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BCFN Education Collaboration

The Education Authority oversees the Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik (Bigstone Community School) as well as post secondary education. The community has several thousand members. Location: Demarais, Alberta Program: New Middle School Launch & 21C Change Learning Toolkit Website: http://www.bigstone.ca/ Description: Prelude was introduced to the Bigstone Cree Nation Education Authority through Classroom Connections in early 2009. The initial goal was to introduce Prelude to the staff and students of a new Middle School later that year. In August 09, as a first step,…

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Constructionism & Appreciative Inquiry

The Prelude game experience uniquely embodies the principles of Constructionism and Appreciative Inquiry. Constructionism is a theory developed by Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Lab. It holds that young people learn most effectively through the making and sharing of public objects. Papert uses the example of a sandcastle. During the co-design/creation process students gain hands-on experience and draw their own conclusions. This is meaning-making at its ideal. In the process, transformative learning occurs. Constructionist ideas link…

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Graduation & EQ

It is graduation time. High School students and College students now face a major transition into the next stage of life.  The NY Times has published two related articles with similar advice to graduates. Plan B: Skip College Dr. Robert Lerman, a Senior Fellow at the Department of Economics, American University, observes that social and emotional skills are “ranked the most desired even ahead of educational attainment — in many surveys of employers”. Employers want…

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SiG@MaRS

MaRS is a non-profit innovation centre connecting science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills, networks and capital to stimulate innovation and accelerate the creation and growth of successful Canadian enterprises. SiG@MaRS is a collaborative partnership between The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. The SiG@MaRS team played a round of Prelude facilitated by Chris Lowry, founder of Green Enterprise Toronto, and Kim Bagayawa, founder of The Firehouse, a consultancy…

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Diversity of Expression

The slideshow below features  iTags, weTags, and allTags literally drawn from different Prelude sessions. These powerful artefacts, created by players ages 12 to 50+, illustrate the rich diversity of expression available by combining basic words, symbols, and colors. While the process of self, peer, and group discovery follows a similar arc during each game played, the actual artefacts created are unique every time. For more about Visual Thinking please see Heliograph, a sister blog. It’s worth…

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Playing Prelude in the Gulf

April promises to be a fascinating month vis-à-vis Prelude’s growing use internationally. More specifically, this involves three events in Dubai where the learning game will be highlighted. These are discussed below. All are the result of the pioneering efforts of Professor Maureen Cocksedge and her colleagues at Women’s College. Professor Cocksedge began piloting Prelude in early 2009 after learning about it at the NatCon Conference in Toronto. This trio of events is a testament to her tireless efforts…

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Windsor Park Collegiate: Winnipeg

Early this year, Windsor Park Collegiate initiated a unique Prelude pilot. WPC is part of the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The school has 510 students [Grades 9 -12],  38 teachers, and 36 support staff. To start, Prelude was introduced to a Grade 12 class participating in the school’s Career Internship Program. The award-winning program is designed to build transferable skills in youth. These will be needed when they enter the knowledge economy where varied skills…

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